Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

marie26July 11, 2011

Please help. One of my bathroom cabinet doors underneath the sink fell off. It had been screwed into a wall that is hollow behind it (and I can't get to). How do I close up the holes where the screws were screwed into so that I can reinstall the cabinet door into the exact same location?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

I had written this request for help in the remodeling forum but this is probably a better place to ask for help.

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I assume you mean the cabinet is screwed into the wall, not the door?

Is the cabinet wood or pressed board?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 8:06PM
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Molly anchors are about as solid as you can get into regular drywall.

They normally require at least a 1/4 inch hole, so you may be able to enlarge the existing holes for them.

Opening the wall to install blocking (wood attached to the studs) would be more solid, but would require some drywall patching.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 9:54AM
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Thank you both for responding. I will try to install the Molly anchors first and then screw the door back on.

Is it best to screw in one one of the two screws through the top hinge in first, then one of the bottom or does the order not matter?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 7:42PM
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My DH was a cabinetmaker. We never used an anchor of any kind.I think it would interfere with door closing all the way. A little bit of wood in the hole,take a toothpick & break it into about 3 pieces. Try 1 piece in hole if still loose use 2 pieces,(they shouldn't stick out of the hole) don't fill the hole as you need to get the screw in & started. I would do 1 top & 1 bottom screw 1st & be sure you can open & close the door before doing the rest of them. Flat toothpicks are easier to use. Can be bought in any grocery store & maybe even 99cent store.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 1:39AM
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I've never come across a cabinet door screwed into a wall. What sort of cabinet is this?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 7:55AM
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Are you in an older mobile home with paneling on the walls?

You might want to make a faceframe and mount the doors to it if possible. If you dont have those skills/tools, hire a pro such as a handyman that has woodworking skills. Make sure they are reputable and ask for references geared towards your project.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 10:10AM
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